Paul Henderson's 1972 Summit Series jersey will be upwards of $300,000 or maybe even more.
On the email discussion group for the Society of International Hockey Research, fellow hockey historians pondered who may behind these bids and the fate of the jersey itself. Hopefully the anonymous winning bid will go to a well-money private collector. Hopefully he will be willing to share the jersey with the Hockey Hall of Fame at least part of the year.
SIHR member Ralph Slate (of hockeydb.com fame) postulated that with prices already so high, perhaps it is a private business who is after the jersey. He even stated, perhaps somewhat in jest, "Sadly, at that price, the jersey is likely being pursued by a trading card company who will destroy it by cutting it into "swatches" for inclusion in their hockey card packs."
This is a possibility. Back in 2000 the card company In The Game acquired the only known pair of goalie pads that belong to Georges Vezina. The company cut the pads up into 300 pieces and placed them on hockey cards sold in $5 packs. One card was recently listed on eBay at $349.
The company said their motivation was in "sharing the piece with fans around the world." I'd rather have seen the Vezina's pads and the other items donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Could the same happen to Paul Henderson's famous jersey? They had previously done similar cards with cut ups of Johnny Bower's sticks, Terry Sawchuk's blocker, the gloves of Turk Broda and Jacques Plante, and Russian great Vladislav Tretiak's jersey. In The Game (ITG) does seem to have a preoccupation with the year 1972.
There is no doubt whoever wins this auction will have to be well-moneyed. Hopefully they are well intentioned, too.